Star of the North

Star of the North

A propulsive and ambitious thriller about a woman trying to rescue her twin sister from captivity in North Korea, and the North Korean citizens with whom she forms an unlikely alliance

Star of the North opens in 1998, when a Korean American teenager is kidnapped from a South Korean beach by North Korean operatives. Twelve years later, her brilliant twin sister, Jenna, is still searching for her, and ends up on the radar of the CIA. When evidence that her sister may still be alive in North Korea comes to light, Jenna will do anything possible to rescue her--including undertaking a daring mission into the heart of the regime. Her story is masterfully braided together with two other narrative threads. In one, a North Korean peasant woman finds a forbidden international aid balloon and uses the valuables inside to launch a dangerously lucrative black-market business. In the other, a high-ranking North Korean official discovers, to his horror, that he may be descended from a traitor, a fact that could mean his death if it is revealed. As the novel progresses, these narrative strands converge and connect in surprising ways, ultimately building to an explosive and unforgettable climax.

Title:Star of the North
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525573296
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About D.B. John

D. B. JOHN was born in Wales. He began training as a lawyer but switched to a career in publishing, editing popular children's books on history and science. In 2009 he moved to Berlin, Germany, to write his first novel, Flight from Berlin. A visit to North Korea in 2012 inspired Star of the North. He lives in Angel, London.


    Star of the North Reviews

  • Maureen

    *I was invited to read ‘Star of the North’ by the publisher, and have given an honest review in exchange* For a leader of any dictatorship to be successful, I believe he must ensure that his peopl...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    5 big stars to Star of the North! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Where do I even start with this one. Yowza. So stinkin’ good. Thanks to my friend, Fran, for another stellar recommendation. A thriller set...

  • Fran

    The 65th Anniversary of the founding of the Worker's Party in North Korea is at hand. The date: October 10, 2010. Colonel Cho of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is overcome with emotion. People weep, ...

  • Elyse

    Something about this thriller is like no other.It’s fresh - intellectually stimulating - knowledge expanding- at times infuriating - with tense atmosphere. Written sensationally! ...

  • Paromjit

    This is a complex, intelligent and intricate thriller that is unusual in its setting of North Korea, a state determined to remain isolated about which little is known, other than it is a dictatorship....

  • Debra

    Star of the North started strong with the kidnapping of a Korean American teenager and her boyfriend from a South Korean Beach. The reader will know that they have been kidnapped, their families do no...

  • abby

    I don't read many spy thrillers. But I do have an inexpiable fascination with North Korea, which is what attracted me to this book. I wasn't disappointed.Twelve years earlier, Jenna's identical twin s...

  • Lou

    D.B. John, I salute you! This is a helluva read! North Korea is one of those countries I have always been fascinated by. Is it because it is such a closed-off country with a cray cray leader or anothe...

  • Helga

    “You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power—he's free again.” Alexander Solzhe...

  • Louise Wilson

    A Korean American teenager is kidnapped from a South Korean beach by North Korean operatives. Twenty two years later. Her twin sister, Jenna, is still searching for her., and ends up on the radar of o...